You may have purchased a C 380 Spin Spreader because it is most suited to your
Equally you may have chosen this machine for its appearance and its simplicity.
We know that, with careful service, you will wish to clean your Spreader after
use. To help you in this essential operation we have designed this machine to be
dismantled without a single tool.
Read the Operator's Manual carefully before putting the Spreader to work. Follow
the setting instructions and service instructions which are given and you can be
certain to get the best results from your machine.
If, in time, you require Spare Parts order them from your Dealer and give him
the serial number of your machine, which we advise you to insert in the space below.
Serial Number :
(Situated on the frame cross member)
Dont forget that this machine has been designed to serve, you should do the
Be sure that the tractor p.t.o. shaft has been disengaged before dismantling or
servicing your machine.
GENERAL VIEW 2
Before starting operation 4
— Attaching to the tractor 4
— Drive 4
— Important checks 5
Starting work 6
- — Selector lever 7
— Correction lever 7
— Spreading rate adjustment 8
— Distribution table 9
— Operational hints 10
1 - Drive
2 - Gearbox
3 • Spreader disc
4 - Disc cover
5 - Delivery control
6 - Delivery control lever
7 - Spread correction lever
8 - Operating lever
9 - Hopper bottom scraper
10 - Agitator
11 - Hopper
12 - Indication of the maximum load in
Spinner disc speed
Minimum distribution rate
Maximum distribution rate
The design and specification of materials are subject to change at any time
without previous notification.
BEFORE STARTING WORK
Before putting your spreader to work,
give it a general lubrication and check
the oil level in the gearbox, according
to the instructions laid down in the lubri-
cation chart (p. 11). After the initial work
period, check the tightness of all nuts
Attachment to the tractor
Your spreader is fitted with cat. I three
point linkage. Don't forget to check the
levelling crank after attaching the
Figure 2 - Mounting on the three
Make sure that the telescopic tubes do
not bottom when the linkaqe is fully
raised as this will cause damage to the
P.T.O. shaft bearings.
The minimum distance between the
outer tube and the shoulder of the uni-
versal joint must be 25/32 at full lift.
Figure 3 - Setting the drive
To shorten the drive shaft it is essen-
tial that you cut the same amount from
both inner and outer tubes. Clean up
the ends of the tubes with a file or emery
cloth and grease the working surfaces.
It is essential to adjust the length of
the drive shaft according to the indivi- Figure 4 - Reducing the length
dual tractor to be used. of the telescopic shafts
After attaching the spreader make sure that the spinner disc is absolutely hori-
zontal when it is at a height of 27 1/2" above the ground.
BIEN GOOD MAL BAD
Le disque doit etre horizontal Disque non horizontal
Figure 5 - Positions in relations to the ground
GOING INTO WORK
Thanks to the particular technical design your Spreader will give you a wide
range of work allowing you to vary the spread pattern in your different ways.
Full Spread giving a width of 30 to 49 ft
depending on the type of
A Grand epandage de 9 a 15 metres
suivant les engrais
Spreading the edges of
fields (roads Hedges) and
for orchard work.
Epandage en bordure
de champs ( chemin, haie. . .)
bilateral- Arboriculture, vignes.
) for orchard and vineyards.
This lever selects the desired spread
pattern. To select you pull the knob of
the lever and move it to the desired
position (figure 7) and ensure that the
plunger engages in the locating hole
If the spreader is broadcasting more
to one side than to the other it is pos-
sible to correct the spread pattern to
the centre with the correction lever, by
placing this in the suitable position. This
centralisation becomes necessary accor-
ding to the density of the material to be
spread and ensures that you have an
even spread pattern about the tractor
Connecting rod of rate control lever
Controlling the rate oi Spread
Precise rate control is a feature of the
C 380 Spreader. To adjust this you move
a lever which controls the outlet at the
bottom of the hopper via an intermediate
The movement of the lever is controlled
by an adjustable stop. According to the
volume of material to be spread, set the
stop at the appropriate place on the
scale. Lock this in place by tightening
the wing nut and then move the lever
down the guadrant to the stop.
The graduations on the scale are num-
bered to correspond with the opening in
the bottom of the hopper.
The table on the following page gives
the different settings corresponding to
the spreading rates. These vary with the
different function and properties of the
fertilizer and the ground speed of the
In order to obtain an even spread and
to eliminate fertilizer loss it is essential:
— To have the spinner turning before
opening the hopper gate.
— To close the hopper gate before
stopping the spinner.
Figure 8 - Rate of spread control
levers with quadrant
The table refers to figure 6 (A full spread) for the positions of the lever and the
control of quantity and direction of fertilizer spread (see Fig. 7 et 8).
The above figures are only guidelines.
10 Operation / Service
Avoid transporting the spreader with
a full hopper. This can lead to compac-
tion of the fertilizer, particularly pow-
dered material, and this accumulation
can cause an undue strain on the agita-
tor when the machine is put into work.
If it is unavoidable to travel with a
full hopper close the outlet and allow
the agitator to revolve.
It is also advised when starting up
to engage the clutch gently in order to
prevent damage to the spreader drive
In order not to pulverise certain gra-
nular fertilizers it is recommended to
remove the agitator and in certain cir-
cumstances to reverse the scraper at the
bottom of the hopper. After lifting off the
agitator, it is necessary to block the
scraper at the bottom of the hopper in
order to remove and reverse it.
In order not to overload the components
of the spreader and to ensure a good
delivery it is imperative that the tractor
p.t.o. is driven at 540 rpm under load.
DISMANTLING AND CLEANING
After each operation it is essential to
clean the hopper and the distribution
This essential operation is made easy
for you by the instantaneous dismantling
of the machine without a single tool, to
maintain the good working order of the
To remove the hopper from the frame :
1st. Remove the Pin " A " and uncouple
the delivery control rod from the
2nd. Withdraw the two spring clips " B "
from the pins on either side of the
3rd. Withdraw the spring clip " C " and
the pin from its bracket.
You can now lift off in turn, the hopper,
the selection collar and the cover plate.
Figure 10 - The components dismantled
for cleaning the spreader
Every 8 hours
1 . - Agitator - to give access to the grease fitting :
a) Place the delivery lever at " zero " in its quadrant.
b) Place the correction lever at position " 6 " in its quadrant.
c) Place the selection lever above the grease symbol found on the spinner
2. - Drive shaft - gearbox end.
3. - Drive shaft - tractor end.
Every 200 hours
4. - Change the gearbox oil contents. 3 1/2 pts SAE 90 Oil.
We recommend the use of well-known propriety brands.
You will thus avoid unnecessary breakdowns and repairs.
Keep the lubricants, grease and oil, protected from dust and deterioration
by keeping the lids on the containers.
Before using a grease gun, make sure that the grease nipples are not
blocked by paint or dirt.
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